UFC News: Gegard Mousasi willing to fight Nick Diaz before getting middleweight title shot
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has been on an absolute tear as of late in the UFC’s middleweight division, racking up knockout wins left and right as he steadily climbs the ladder up in the rankings of the division.
During his post fight press conference after downing Uriah Hall in the first round this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 99, Mousasi admitted that he was willing to step into the Octagon with Nick Diaz before attempting to snatch up the 185 pound title:
“Uriah won that first fight fair and square. I have to respect that he gave me a rematch, but now it’s behind me.
“I’m tired of that stupid highlight of him putting that kick in my face. I can put it behind me now, and I look forward to a title shot soon. Anderson Silva or Nick Diaz as a superfight that’s a great fight for me.
Maybe Luke Rockhold, it depends on the UFC. If they give me top 10, top 15, number two, that’s fine as long as they give me a title shot as the next fight.”
Mousasi is currently riding a four-fight win streak with wins over the likes of Thales Leites, Thiago Santos, Vitor Belfort, and Uriah Hall en route to landing a shot at the coveted middleweight throne.
Diaz has yet to fight under the UFC’s banner since his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in January of last year, and has not secured a victory inside the Octagon since 2011 when he defeated BJ Penn.
Now that Diaz’s issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) have come to an end and his suspension has been lifted, Diaz could very well be on his way back to his old fighting ways inside the Octagon and Mousasi is a very game opponent for the Stockton Native.
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